God has revealed himself to man throughout history. God appeared to Moses through a burning bush. God appeared to the Israelites as thunder and lightning and a thick cloud at Mount Sinai. God appeared to man in Jesus Christ. And now, God has chosen to reveal himself through the Bible. The season of Lent is 40 days leading up to Easter (excluding Sundays) when Christians devote time to the reading of Scripture and prayer. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.
R.C. Sproul writes, “It takes determination to lay hold of the riches of God’s grace. It takes diligent discipline, devotion to prayer, and a serious reading of Scripture. Nobody gets sanctified with five minutes of Bible reading a day. The Word has to be our meat and drink if we want to grow in grace. We don’t get sanctified by going to church once every six weeks and neglecting corporate worship or fellowship or service. Through all of these means of grace, the Holy Spirit works with us to bring us to spiritual maturity.”
The pastoral staff at CEC has prepared a devotional booklet. It’s our prayer that as we turn to our God in humility, the Holy Spirit will lead us to genuine repentance and the strengthening and renewal of our spirit. We pray the Apostle Peter’s words that you will “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).